Boeing 777X: First Flight Delayed but Deliveries Remain on Schedule?

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One more Boeing’s hope went into trouble. The long-awaited 777X model, which was initially scheduled to go on the first flight in 2019, was announced to have its maiden flight pushed until the early 2020.

The delay appeared due to the engine problems announced in June. Correspondingly, the first deliveries to airlines are at risk as well. Initially planned in  2020, these could be also pushed to a later date.

The launch customer for the new plane should be Lufthansa, which has 20 777X on order. To think that delayed first flight will not have any impact on the deliveries schedule seems to be too optimistic. What do you think?